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Urge your lawmakers to co-sponsor the Democracy for All constitutional amendment that would allow reasonable limits on campaign spending and restore the voices of American voters.
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Events

Fair Elections Pledge Event

November 19, 2015 - November 19, 2015

Help fight for Fair Elections in Chicago! We will be collecting signatures from supporters of campaign finance reform at the intersection of Clark/Broadway/Diversey and the surround areas.

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In Your Community

If We Pull Together

Wilkes-Barre, PA June 10, 2014

I was born to working class parents. My father was a coal miner. The area I grew up in was always strong union and strong democrat. I have traveled a bit, mostly on the bum. For awhile I was... More

Improve Our Elections

Kent, WA June 10, 2014

I became interested in Common Cause because I was looking for an organization that would work hard to make sure our elections are fair, open, and honest; and work to reduce the avalanche... More

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Legislation

Voter Empowerment Act of 2013

January 23, 2013

To modernize voter registration, promote access to voting for individuals with disabilities, protect the ability of individuals to exercise the right to vote in elections for Federal office, and for other purposes.

Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014

January 16, 2014

To amend the Voting Rights Act of 1965 to revise the criteria for determining which States and political subdivisions are subject to section 4 of the Act, and for other purposes.

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Litigation

Facebook DOJ Complaint

September 7, 2017

Today Common Cause filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Election Commission (FEC) alleging that one or more unknown foreign nationals made expenditures, independent expenditures or disbursements in connection with the 2016 presidential election in violation of the Federal Election Campaign Act.

Common Cause v. Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity

July 14, 2017

--- The nonpartisan good government watchdog group Common Cause filed suit to protect the privacy rights of voters, specifically seeking to prevent “the unlawful collection, maintenance, use, and dissemination of the sensitive and personal voting data of millions of Americans,” by the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Social Security Administration.

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Multimedia

"Lessons of Watergate" Keynote: It Takes a Scandal - Russ Feingold

March 15, 2013

The Honorable Russ Feingold is a former Democratic Senator from Wisconsin and the founder of Progressives United. From the Watergate debacle, to the scandals that ushered in the McCain-Feingold reforms, to the potential corruption unleashed by the Supreme Court's disastrous decision in Citizens United, Sen. Feingold shares his insights on the struggle to confront the corrupting power of big money in elections after Watergate and identifies opportunities for advancing a reform agenda in the current political and legal landscape. This keynote speech was given on March 13, 2013, during Common Cause's "The Lessons of Watergate" conference at the National Press Club. Visit http://www.commoncause.org/watergate for more info

"Lessons of Watergate" Panel: Congressional Oversight and Media Scrutiny

March 15, 2013

The actions taken by Congress and the courts and the response of an independent press to uncover the full extent of the Watergate abuses were unprecedented in our nation's history. Featuring: Moderator: Al Hunt -- executive Washington editor of Bloomberg News � Francis O'Brien -- chief of staff to chair, House Judiciary Committee � Terry Lenzner - assistant counsel, Senate Watergate Committee � Jack Farrell -- Investigative journalist, "Richard Nixon: An American Tragedy" (forthcoming) This panel took place on March 13, 2013, during Common Cause's "The Lessons of Watergate" conference at the National Press Club. Visit http://www.commoncause.org/watergate for more info.

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Democracy Wire

Poll: Most Americans Believe Our Political System Is Broken

November 13, 2017; Featured Item, Status Update

An overwhelming majority of Americans are profoundly troubled about the condition of our democracy, even as their faith in democratic ideals remains strong, according to a recent Washington Post – University of Maryland poll.

Thank a Veteran Today

November 10, 2017; Blog Post, Status Update

Today is a lot more than an occasion for pre-Black Friday sales.

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Press Releases

Victory: City of Seattle’s Innovative Public Financing System Will Stand

November 3, 2017

Today, the city of Seattle’s democracy voucher program has been upheld as constitutional. The Superior Court of the State of Washington for King County issued an opinion finding that the city’s pioneering public financing system is a valid tool for the city government to foster citizen involvement in elections, which is a goal “vital to a self-governing people.”

Special Interest Tax Giveaway Also Thrusts the Pulpit into Politics

November 2, 2017

Buried in the final pages of the tax bill’s handouts to deep-pocketed special interests is a troubling provision that would allow houses of worship to actively engage in partisan politicking. For more than a half century the Johnson Amendment has prohibited 501(c)(3)s, including religious organizations, from participating in political campaigns. If this bright line is removed the abuses will inevitably follow and the loopholes will be expanded. Overwhelmingly members of the clergy support the Johnson Amendment prohibition on political activity but there will inevitably be bad actors and money will change hands for endorsements and more. The mixing of partisan politics, religion and money would not end well and has no business in this legislation.

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Research & Reports

Dangerous Path Report

December 2, 2015

There is a threat to our democracy so severe it is shocking it has gone unnoticed this long, or been dismissed as impossible by the few who know about it and should be sounding the alarm. Given the current hyper-partisan environment of U.S. politics, the power of special and corporate interests in the post-Citizens United era the call for a convention poses a huge threat to the nation.

Money Talks: The State of Public Financing in California

March 19, 2015

This report outlines several frameworks for public financing solutions, gives an overview of the state of public financing in California, and provides additional resources for model public financing bills.

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General Content

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Staff

Center for Responsive Politics

The Center for Responsive Politics is the nation's premier research group tracking money in U.S. politics and its effect on elections and public policy. Nonpartisan, independent and nonprofit, the organization aims to create a more educated voter, an involved citizenry and a more transparent and responsive government.

Chang Park

Member, National Governing Board, Common Cause,

Chang Park is a member of the National Governing Board.

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